Physical Education & Sports Science (PESS)

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Research Interests
Ball and Racket Games, Discourse Analysis, Michel Foucault, Qualitative Research Methods, Skiing, Socio-cultural and Pedagogical Study of PE, Sport and Physical Activities, Sport Policy, Swimming

  • Designation
    • Lecturer
    • Chair, Public and International Relations Committee
    Short Bio

    Dr. Chung joined the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore as a faculty member in the sociology of physical education (PE) and sport in 2013. He initially joined the NIE/NTU as the first postdoctoral fellow for Physical Education and Sport Science (PESS) to conduct PE research employing a Foucauldian framework that was funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea and taught PESS students as an adjunct lecturer from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining NIE/NTU, he used to be a leader of the Sociology of Sport Lab and an adjunct lecturer at Korea National Sport University, which is the national elite sports centered institute. He has worked for Seoul National University of Education (SNUE), the national teacher preparation institute in South Korea. During his time in SNUE, he received the SNUE Excellent Staff Award from the President of the University. In addition, he was awarded the NIE Excellence in Service Award 2018 from the Director of NIE at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel during the NIE Annual Lunch.


    His work focuses on analysing PE and sporting issues to understand complex links between PE, sport, health and fitness, dance, and recreation drawing from a socio-cultural and pedagogical perspective. The research topics that he has been publishing are the following five areas: (a) production of socio-cultural knowledge in the area of PE research; (b) archaeological and/or genealogical analysis based on Foucault's theoretical concepts; (c) a history of the present as to the emergence and transformation in a wide range of domains such as school PE, physical activities, health and fitness; (d) existence and absence of PE and sport in the local and international contexts; (e) construction of sport policy discourse. He was a secretary to serve the President of the Korean Society for the Sociology of Sport (KSSS). He is currently an active member of the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) and the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) and presents his research in the conferences regularly. He has been appointed as a keynote speaker at the international conferences and colloquium/seminars in the area of PE, sport and education research.

    • Postdoctoral Fellow (National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2012)
    • PhD [with distinction] (Sociology of PE and Sport, Korea National Sport University, South Korea, 2009)
    • MSc (Sociology of PE and Sport, Korea National Sport University, South Korea, 2005)